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September 15, 2017

Lotte to sell stores over Chinese missile defence sanctions; youngest-ever chief financial officer steps up at Kraft Heinz; and NZ philanthropist and businessman dies.

Lotte to sell stores over Chinese missile defence sanctions

South Korean chaebol Lotte is to start selling its Chinese supermarkets, after Beijing hit it with unofficial sanctions related to the nuclear arms tensions on the Korean peninsula.

September 1, 2017

Jailing of Samsung heir a message to chaebol, Ford self-drive cars to deliver pizza, and Father-son team launch new bank.

Jailing of Samsung heir a message to chaebol

The jailing of Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong for five years has fuelled public conversation in South Korea about the huge family-owned businesses which dominate the economy.

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong was sentenced on corruption charges this week following a case dubbed “the trial of the century”, due to the message it sent the country’s massive conglomerates.

July 4, 2017

Several high profile cases in past months show why wealth succession and planning in Asia can differ markedly from Europe and North America 

Several high profile cases in past months show why wealth succession and planning in Asia can differ markedly from Europe and North America. Sharon Lim reports 

February 28, 2017

Second-gen Lee Jae-yong, the vice chairman and heir apparent of electronics conglomerate Samsung, is to be indicted on multiple charges including bribery and embezzlement, according to prosecutors.

Second-gen Lee Jae-yong, the vice chairman and heir apparent of electronics conglomerate Samsung, is to be indicted on multiple charges including bribery and embezzlement, according to prosecutors.

Earlier this month, the 48-year-old was arrested for his alleged role in providing about ₩43 billion ($37 million) to a friend of South Korean president Park Geun-hye to win state approval for a controversial 2015 merger.

October 21, 2016

A.G. Sulzberger appointed deputy publisher of New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger appointed deputy publisher of New York Times, and Vivendi lawsuit dialled up to 11

A.G. Sulzberger appointed deputy publisher of New York Times

Fifth-generation Arthur Gregg “A.G.” Sulzberger has been appointed deputy publisher of the New York Times, setting him up to one day succeed his father, Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

The 36-year-old next-generation executive takes on the role amid a difficult time for the publication: readers and advertisers are slowly shifting to online, while publishers are shifting their resources within the newsroom.

August 4, 2016

A newly revised law in South Korea will see the chiefs of major family-controlled conglomerates, known as chaebol, come under examination as lawmakers look to ensure the stability of their financial subsidiaries, officials said this week.  

A newly revised law in South Korea will see the chiefs of major family-controlled conglomerates, known as chaebol, come under examination as lawmakers look to ensure the stability of their financial subsidiaries, officials said this week. 

The move comes nearly three years after the Tongyang Group, then the 38th largest chaebol in South Korea, declared bankruptcy after inappropriately selling commercial paper and corporate bonds, causing damages to the tune of ₩2 trillion ($1.87 billion). 

August 14, 2015

James Packer steps down as chairman of Crown Resorts; Chey Tae Won receives pardon from president; and Cargill to expand agriculture business in Mexico

James Packer steps down as chairman of Crown Resorts

Australian billionaire James Packer has stepped down as chairman of Crown Resorts amid an earnings slump at the casino group.

According to a statement, the 47-year-old will instead take on the role of senior executive director and plans to focus on the group’s global expansion.

February 17, 2015

South Korean politicians are considering new legislation aimed at controlling abuses of power and misconduct in family-run conglomerates, and is being nicknamed after Heather Cho, the Korean Airlines next gen whose inflight tantrum in December last year captured international headlines.

South Korean politicians are considering new legislation aimed at controlling abuses of power and misconduct in family-run conglomerates, and is being nicknamed after Heather Cho, the Korean Airlines next gen whose inflight tantrum in December last year captured international headlines.

November 20, 2014

Samsung retires $2.5 billion proposed merger; Ikea doubles down on wind deal; and BMW and Daimler commit to Mexico supply deal

Samsung retires $2.5 billion proposed merger

South Korea’s largest family-owned conglomerate Samsung Heavy Industries has scrapped a proposed $2.5 billion (€1.99 billion) takeover of Samsung Engineering due to shareholder opposition.

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